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More Fernandinos Benefit From SPES Program [ Monday | 12th day of October, 2015 | 1 year ago ]


Two hundred thirty eight young Fernandinos were employed and underwent orientation by the City Government of San Fernando as part of the city’s Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) held at WalterMart over the weekend.

SPES is the city’s annual program which gives students the chance to work and earn a minimum wage for 20 days and at the same time immerse them in their respective fields of study.

This is in line with City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago’s agenda on employment and education.

The City of San Fernando has been partnering with the Department of Labor and Employment since the start because 40% of the salary is shouldered by DOLE while 60% is funded by the city government.

According to Mayor EdSa, the SPES is a great training ground for the students in becoming better Fernandinos.

“At an early age, they will be able to understand how to serve other people, hone their talents and skills and learn how to be an instrument of service,” said Mayor EdSa.

“It is much better for the young generation to be engaged in work for they learn how to be responsible citizens and service providers for their fellow Fernandinos.”

The orientation was also attended by Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez, Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, DOLE Region III Technical Support and Service Division II Chief Alex Inza Cruz, Labor Employment Officer II Camille Galura, and Councilors BJ Lagman, Harvey Quiwa and Jacklyn Calimlim.


Health Caravan Launched In CSFP [ Thursday | 1st day of October, 2015 | 1 year ago ]


The High Impact 5 (HI-5) Caravan of the Department of Health (DOH) was launched in the region together with the City Government of San Fernando through its City Health Office on September 30 at SM Pampanga.

The HI-5 Caravan seeks to intensify the DOH’s five health programs namely, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus/Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome, Service Delivery Network, Maternal Care, Infant Care and Child Care.

The department’s aim is to reduce maternal and infant mortality as well as cases of HIV/AIDS while strengthening its service delivery networks.

City Health Officer Dr. Eloisa Aquino explained that the caravan is conducted in cooperation with local government units(LGUs) across the country. First to be covered in Pampanga is the third district to which San Fernando belongs.

According to Dr. Amelito S. Nicolas of the regional health office, this partnership will result to a better change in society and will have a huge impact on the health of every Filipino.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that having stronger links with the DOH will result to a healthier community.

“The health and welfare of every Fernandino is important for it reflects our people’s productivity that is in turn crucial in attaining a progressive city,” he explained.

With HI-5, the country will be nearer to the World Health Organization’s Millennium Development Goals, to which every nation has committed to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.


City Honors Outstanding Employees [ Tuesday | 29th day of September, 2015 | 1 year ago ]


In line with the celebration of Civil Service Month, the city government honored its outstanding employees today in a “simple but meaningful” ceremony held during Monday Flag raising activity.

Through the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence Honor Awards, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors BJ Lagman, Nelson Lingat, City Administrator Fer Limbitco, and City Human Resource Development Officer Rachelle Yusi led the recognition of selected employees and departments that displayed outstanding public service for the period July 2014 to June 2015.

LGU departments who showed best practices in the use of the Performance Governance System Balance Scorecard were given recognitions; the winner for this category is the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, while the finalists are City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Health Office, and the City College of San Fernando, Pampanga.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were awarded to employees who are about to retire this year and has rendered very satisfactory service for the whole duration of their stay in the LGU. The recipients are daycare workers Ester L. Aquino – 29 years, Rosalina C. Figueroa – 11 ½, and Teresita C. Mella – 23 years; utility workers Alicia S. Canlas – 34 ½ years and Nardo L. Naguit – 20 years; City Health Office staffs Felomena S. Cano – 43 ½ years, Leonarda P. Mendoza – 20 years, Emma Lucia Ibay – 15 ½ years; City Agriculturist and Veterinary Officer Myra N. Manabat – 23 years.

Employees that has satisfactorily finished graduate school (MA or Doctorate) at their own expense also received Professional Development Award, these are Mr. Ireneo D. David, Mr. Jayson Archimedes T. Castro, Ms. Sheriel D. Mariano, Ms. Jeannie A. Lombos, Ms. Roma-Lyn D. Yabut, graduates of Master in Public Administration at the Our Lady of Fatima University, Ms. Mary Luanne B. David– Master of Develeopment Communication, Ms. Chryzl T. Sicat – Master of Management, both graduated in Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, and Dr. Joselito L. Ortaliz Jr. - Doctor in Public Administration at the Lyceum-NorthWestern University.

Unit and Divisions of the city government that demonstrated outstanding teamwork and cooperation, thus resulting to improved public service delivery were also recognized, these are City Employment and Service Division (winner), City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (1st Runner-up), San Fernando Rescue Team (2nd Runner-up), while the finalists are San Jose Birthing Station Group, City Environment and Natural Resources Offices, and City Assessor’s Office.

The Exceptionally Distinguished Service Award or Model Employee category was also launched. This is granted to public officials or permanent/casual employee who excelled among peers in a functional group, position or profession, and has made significant contributions in their respective office. The winner this year is Gertrudes Dizon from Rural Health Unit III, Dr. Reneley Tongol from Rural Health Unit I, and Mr. Archy Briones from Management Information and Technology Division. Other finalists are Maria Sharlyn D. Bundalian of the Internal Control Division and Cecilia Dela Rosa of the City Assessor’s Office.

On the other hand, the city in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government lauded the departments that manage to have savings from their annual budget through the cost economy citation award; these are City Budget Office, City Treasurer’s Office, City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office, City Human Resource and Development Office, and City Accountant’s Office.

For his part, Mayor Santiago commended all the winners for “a job well done”.

“Naniniwala tayo na ang Yamang Tao ang number one asset ng isang organisasyon tulad ng LGU, Ating panatilihin ang diwa ng Fernandino First! Let us continue being the best especially in serving the Fernandinos.”


854 Students To Receive Scholarship Grants [ Monday | 28th day of September, 2015 | 1 year ago ]


854 students will receive scholarship grants under the City Government`s Educational Scholarship Assistance Program [ESAP] on September 27.

According to LGU Scholarship Program Chief Jayson Caguiat, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago is expected to lead the awarding ceremony at the Heroes Hall to this new set of scholars whom are college students enrolled at universities operating in the city and nearby area.

“Mayor EdSa will personally distribute the ‘certificate of eligibility’ to
our beneficiaries and their parents, they are from the city’s 35 barangay”
said Caguiat.


He explained that under the city’s new guidelines, these students shall receive cash assistance for their enrollment but unlike before, the grants shall be awarded directly to their schools.


The amount of scholarship grants they can receive varies from their grade; a scholar must maintain a grade of 80% as general weighted mean and shall voluntarily undertake and participate in at least one community service sponsored by the city government.


Full merit scholarships were also given to students enrolled in courses preferred by the city government such as midwifery, criminology, environmental science, and social work.


Since 2013, the LGU has supported more than three thousand poor but deserving college students through this program. This year, ESAP supports a total of 1,857 Fernandino students.


In an interview, Mayor EdSa believes that “the future lies on how educated the children are.”


“Kapag pinag-uusapan ang Edukasyon lalo na sa ating Siyudad, palagi nating sinisikap na maging visionary o forward thinkers, what will happen 10 to 20 years from now? Hindi na local competition ang ating binibigyan pansin kundi global competition...paano nga ba makakasabay ang ating mga graduates sa international scene? Ito ang hamon sa gubyerno, mga educators at mga magulang.”


CSF Gives Subsidies To GLF Participants [ Wednesday | 23rd day of September, 2015 | 1 year ago ]


The City Government of San Fernando through the Giant Lantern Festival Foundation (GLFF) has awarded financial aid to eleven participating barangay of this year’s Ligligan Parul.

During Monday Flag raising activity, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilors Nelson Lingat, Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, and GLFF President Alfrito Mah led the ceremonial awarding of cash cheque amounting to P180 thousand as subsidies to participants who will compete on December 19 at Robinsons Starmills.

This year’s festival will be participated in by 11 barangays namely San Jose, Dolores, Santo Nino, San Nicolas, San Juan, Telabastagan, Del Pilar, Santa Lucia, Calulut and two newcomers, Sindalan and Pandaras.

This year, the lanterns’ sizes were limited to 20 feet in diameter with 15,000 bulbs only. New materials including capiz shells and LED lights are expected for added attractions.


City Holds 4Ps Family Day [ Wednesday | 23rd day of September, 2015 | 1 year ago ]


Some 100 family beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4ps) of the city government attended the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day held at the Heroes Hall, September 21.

The program was spearheaded by the City Social Welfare and Development Office in coordination with their counterpart in DSWD Region 3.

Themed as “Ang Pamilyang Masaya ay Kayang Tumawid sa Pagbabagong Sama-sama”, the participants joined in sing and dance activities, family games followed by inspirational messages from speakers from religious group.

In his message, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago explained that 4Ps is a human development measure of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and education.

“With this program, millions of lives were lifted from poverty.”


CSF Identifies Local Dev’t Fund Priorities For 2016 [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


The local government unit of San Fernando under the stewardship of Mayor Edwin D. has identified the priority programs for the utilization of the city’s 20% local development fund for 2016.

During a meeting held September 17 at the Heroes Hall, the local development council, chaired by Mayor Santiago, has bared the proposed projects for environmental management, social and economic development programs.

For 2016, the city’s estimated total 20% development fund amounts to P118 million.

47.56% or more P56 million of this will be used under economic development for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges, farm mechanization, provision of irrigation facilities, and aid to barangays.

Meanwhile the allotment for environmental management programs is about 37.02% or P44 million, projects lined under this are urban greening developments, solid waste management assistance program for barangays and communities, improvement of the city transfers station, rehabilitation of former city disposal facility, development of an eco park, procurement of air quality detector, and flood control measures.

For social services, the appropriated amount is 15.42% or more than P18 million, under this are construction and rehabilitations health centers and birthing stations, purchase of medical equipment, and many more.

“Ginagawa natin ito para maging pangmatagal at pangmalawakan ang kaunlaran sa San Fernando, lahat ng ating mga programa ay dumadaan sa masusing pag-aaral, kasama syempre ang private sectors” said Mayor Santiago.

Present at the meeting were Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, City Department Heads led by Administrator Engr. Fer Limbitco, Association of Barangay Captains headed by President Angel Wijangco, San Fernando Water District Director Fer Caylao, Multi Sectoral Governance Council Chairperson Loi David, representatives of business sectors like the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce, members of the academe, among others.


CSF Holds Fun Run [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


In line with the observance of civil service month this September, the city government through its Human Resources and Development Office held the second edition of Takbong Kawaning Fernandino Fun Run last week.

More than 100 employees from the city hall departments participated in the race which covered three kilometer categories including 3 kilometer that started from the Heroes Hall to the Provincial Capitol; and the five kilometer category wherein the runners proceeded to the City Hall before looping back to the finish line at the Heroes Hall.

The winners are: 3 kilometer category, Alber Mayled (male champion), Ma. Teresa Doble (female champion; 5 kilometer category (single) Mario Calbang, (Buddy Category) Bong Ortaliz and Jayson Caguiat. Special awards such as best attire and best pair were also given including raffle prizes.

“We are doing this to encourage our employees to practice healthy lifestyle, we believe that good health will determine the output of one’s work”, explained Human Resources and Development Officer Rachelle S. Yusi.

This year’s theme of the civil service month is “Kayang Kaya Mo, Lingkod Bayani”.


CSF Mega Job Fair, Flocked By Job Seekers [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


City Government of San Fernando, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration [POEA] and SM City Pampanga, conducted a Mega Job Fair held at the event center in SM City Pampanga on September 16.

A total of forty five (45) employers, 35 from local and 10 from overseas, joined the event that aims to provide jobs and helps lessen the unemployment rate.

Mayor Edwin D. Santiago led the event with the city’s PESO Manager Donny Sayre.

The Mega Job Fair, for local and overseas employment, catered not only for Fernandino job seekers but also residents of nearby towns and municipalities.

Job seekers flocked at the event center to apply to their prospected companies.

Arayat, Mexico, Sta. Ana, Bacolor, Minalin, Sta. Rita, Guagua, San Simon, Sto. Tomas were some of the participating nearby towns and municipalities present at said event.


Mayor EdSa Graces CHR`s Groundbreaking Ceremony [ Tuesday | 22nd day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


To kickoff the inauguration of the new building of Commission on Human Rights [CHR] Regional Office 3, a groundbreaking ceremony on September 16 took place at Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Barangay Maimpis.

The event was graced by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago who participated during the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of two-storey CHR office building.

“City of San Fernando is one with the CHR in instilling awareness of universal human rights, values and principles among the various sectors of the society. In fact, we are working with the Department of Interior and Local Government [DILG] in establishing Barangay Human Rights Action Centers,” said Mayor EdSa.

“I hope that this facility will help ensure not only a society where human rights and fundamental freedoms are fully enjoyed, respected, protected and fulfilled by the state, but also one to make sure that all sectors of the society, regardless of status, will enjoy a non-biased and non-discriminatory government,” he added.

Said construction of the new edifice, amounting to 14-million, was funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Corporation [AECID].

The event was spearheaded by Regional HR Director Atty. Jasmin Navarro-Regino together with Atty. Alex Sitchon Jr., Elmer Maniego, Marta Caguiat and all of the officers and staff of the CHR Region 3.

Present also at the groundbreaking ceremony were Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon, with Commissioners Karen Lucia Gomez-Dumpit, Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, Leah Tanodra-Armamento and Roberto Eugenio Cadiz.

In conformity with the exact specifications and design which was provided by the CHR, their Spanish counterpart will be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways [DPWH] Region 3.


San Fernando Holds Youth Congress [ Monday | 21st day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Over two hundred youth from the City of San Fernando attended the 2015 Youth Congress conducted by the City Social Welfare and Development Office held at Heroes Hall on September 17.

The said congress aims to unite all youth in the city and provide them information on the development of personality which can help them in dealing with issues such as criticisms, poverty and low self-esteem in which may hinder their emotional and intellectual growth.

According to City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang, this is a great way of building confidence in the youth that could help them in their own endeavors in the future.

Meanwhile guest speaker Campus Minister Director of Wildfire Youth Ministry Pastor Angelico Sangalang gave out inspiring stories, some of which depicts success in spite of hardships and trials they have been encountering in their life.

“Maraming paraan para maging matagumpay kayo sa buhay. Isang bagay lang ang katalinuhan, mas malayo ang mararating ng taong may determinasyon at dedikasyon sa sarili,” said Sangalang.

In line with the said activity, CSWD also held a talent and on-the-spot-poster making contest to showcase the abilities of the youth.

For the poster making contest with a theme on “Agree ako sa Agri,” John Paul Correa ranked first and received P2,000, Mark Olapani bagged second place and received P1,500, and Leilani Tan ranked third and was given a prize of P1,000.

Meanwhile, Xtreme Limit was declared as the first prize winner of Talentadong Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines and received P5,000, while XLCD Girls ranked second and brought home P3,000 and lastly Benedict Sayco in third place and went home with P2,000.

With this, City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago stresses the importance of making the youth as one of the priorities of the city since they will be the future generations of the society.

“Magkakasama tayo para palakasin ang kabataan sa ating siyudad, tulong-tulong dahil mas magiging matagumpay kung lahat ay nagkakaisa,” said Mayor EdSa.

The City Government of San Fernando headed by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago is fully supporting the youth and with this, they are pushing for a more empowered youth force in the city.

The event was attended by City Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Iris Biliwang, Alternative Learning System San Fernando, Public School District Supervisor and ALS Focal Person Carina Pasion.

The said congress is in line with the celebration of Youth Week 2015 from September 14 to 15.


CSF Welcomes Youth Officials [ Wednesday | 16th day of September, 2015 | 2 years ago ]


Twenty four students coming from different schools in the San Fernando are welcomed by the city government as they were named as the new youth officials of the city.

This was witnessed by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with City Vice Mayor Jimmy T. Lazatin, Councilor Nelson Lingat, Councilor Dein Henson, Councilor Lito Ocampo, Councilor Benedict Jasper Lagman, and Councilor Harvey Quiwa.

According to Youth Week 2015 Director Ricardo Pineda, the youth officials will work hand in hand with the city government officials and city councilors in keeping a more progressive community with the help of the youth sector.

Also, the said youth officials are being recognized by the city government in order to hone their abilities and give them sufficient knowledge in serving the people through the government.

For his part, City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that they are glad to have the youth working with them since they will be providing trainings to the youth to prepare them in the years to come.

“This is important because we show them how education affects the youth and we know that this is a great foundation to have a progressive city in the future. We also want to develop the youth; we need to develop them in their values because these are going to be their pillars,” said mayor EdSa.

Coming from Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Integrated Highschool is the elected Youth City Mayor Maria Bernadine Tayag and from Information and Communications Technology Highschool is Youth City Vice Mayor Alyssa Marie Calsa.

Pia Panlaqui of Our Lady of Fatima University is elected as the first city councilor, Charles Aiden Tolentino from Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University as the second city councilor, Kyla Nicole Cortez from Our Lady of Fatima University as the third city councilor, Clarisse Vital from Pampanga High School as the fourth city councilor, Christian Canlas from Information and Communication Technological High School as the fifth city councilor, Stefanie Galang from San Lorenzo Ruiz as the sixth city councilor, Chelsea Carreon from University of the Assumption as the seventh city councilor, Carlo Zapata from Pampanga High School as the eight city councilor, Kate Aquino from San Lorenzo Ruiz as the ninth city councilor, Harold Bernardo from Telabastagan Integrated High School as the tenth city councilor and Bib Robin from San Nicolas Integrated School as the Youth President of the Association of Barangay Captains.

Not only that, the youth also have representatives for every department in the city government such as Allen David as the Youth City Health Officer, Rafael Gatus as the Youth City Engineer, Walley Prianes as the Youth City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Elishalyn Macabinlar as the Youth City Social Welfare and Development Officer, Jershey Dionisio as the Youth City Legal Officer, Mark Justin Nogoy as the Youth City Accountant, Mary Ann Armenta as the Youth City Budget Officer, Tristan Caba as Youth City Treasurer, Rodrigo Nogoy as Youth City Human Resource Development Officer, Queen Mendoza as Youth Sangguniang Panlungsod Secretary and Renchie Payumo as the Youth City Administrator.

These twenty four youth officials will be the representative of the youth sector in the city, working and cooperating alongside city officials for the betterment of San Fernando.